Laws, regulations and guidelines of developed countries, developing countries in Africa, and BRICS regions pertaining to the use of human biological material (HBM) in research

Mahomed Aslam Sathar, Ames Dhai


Human biological material (HBM) is an invaluable resource in biomedical research. Although research ethics committees (RECs) are guided by international guidelines and frameworks, some RECs might not be fully informed about local ethical and regulatory requirements regarding the use, collection, storage, ownership, transfer and benefit-sharing of HBM in collaborative research.

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Mahomed Aslam Sathar, Department of General Medicine, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban

Ames Dhai, Steve Biko Centre of Bioethics, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

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Human Biological Materials, Laws; Regulations; Guidelines; Developed Countries, Developiong African Countries; BRICS Region; Research

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South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 2012;5(1):51-54.

Article History

Date submitted: 2012-03-23
Date published: 2012-06-14

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